US sends $550 million in military aid to Ukraine, including HIMARS munitions

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US officials have announced an additional $550 million in military aid will be sent to Ukraine, including 75,000 155mm artillery rounds and additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).

Four more HIMARS, which have longer range and are more accurate than older Soviet-era artillery rocket systems, arrived in Ukraine on Monday morning.

“We have proven to be smart operators of this weapon,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov tweeted Monday morning.

Ukrainian forces have used the weapons system to destroy at least 50 Russian ammunition dumps since June, Reznikov said previously.

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In late July, the Ukrainians used HIMARS to damage the Antonovsky Bridge, a key crossing that Russian forces connected in the occupied Kherson region to the Crimean peninsula.

FILE PHOTO: In this May 23, 2011, file photo of a launch truck firing the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) produced by Lockheed Martin during combat training in the high desert of the Yakima Training Center, Wash.

FILE PHOTO: In this May 23, 2011, file photo of a launch truck firing the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) produced by Lockheed Martin during combat training in the high desert of the Yakima Training Center, Wash.
(Tony Overman/The Olympian via AP)

“[The Ukrainians are] spend a lot of time hitting targets like ammunition supplies, other logistical supplies, command and control,” a senior U.S. military official said in a phone call with reporters last month.

“All of these things have a direct impact on the ability to conduct operations on the front line. So I would say yes, although they don’t fire on the HIMARS on the front line, they have a very, very significant effect on that. . “

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The Biden Administration has sent more than $8 billion in security aid to Ukraine since the Russian invasion, including Javelin anti-tank missiles, Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, drones and thousands of small arms.

Reuters contributed to this report.